2020 youth sports what are leagues doing

LoweTek

Well-Known Member
Lifetime Member
SoSH Member
May 30, 2005
1,644
Central Florida
Local Babe Ruth league is re-opening tomorrow. All kinds of rules about Covid releases, only parents allowed to attend games, dugouts expanded to allow social distancing, etc. They even put a temporary fence around he bleacher seats so they couldn't be used. Each kid has to pass a temperature check to be allowed to play. Enforcement of all this is on the managers. Glad I took a season off...
 

Saints Rest

Well-Known Member
Lifetime Member
SoSH Member
My son's U15 baseball team is going to start practice on Monday. They've scheduled ~20 in state (VT) games against other club teams even if all of the O-O-S tourney's get cancelled. The boy is beyond excited that he's actually going to get to play this year.

I am guessing there is going to be a limit on spectators - but we won't know what that is until next week. I do know the local LL is talking about a 1 spectator per player rule if we get to have a season for those kids.
Here in CT, our Cal Ripken Baseball League just sent the following email:
We hope this message finds you well. We are planning to begin our baseball activities later this month. The top priority in all we do is to ensure the safety of our players, parents, and loved ones. All of the SBA programs will be in strict compliance with the direction of the town and state. We plan to have programs for all of our age groups. We will be getting you more detail over the next couple of weeks once we get a firm clearance on fields from the town.

Please be safe. We will update you soon.
 

loshjott

Member
SoSH Member
Dec 30, 2004
9,075
Silver Spring, MD
I just found out our County-based (MoCo, MD) travel baseball league is cancelled for the summer. Really disappointed. They're opening up fields for small group practices but no competitive games until September. With other counties in Maryland plus northern Virginia more open I'm going to try and salvage something for my son's team. Maybe some local tournaments. This is a group of guys who just lost their junior HS season and really, really want to play some baseball. I'm bummed.
 

knuck

Member
SoSH Member
Apr 15, 2010
139
Austin, TX
I just got my first email looking for refs for an AAU tournament next weekend, just south of Austin. Here is their plan to keep everyone safe.
 

Attachments

Humphrey

Member
SoSH Member
Aug 3, 2010
954
I just got my first email looking for refs for an AAU tournament next weekend, just south of Austin. Here is their plan to keep everyone safe.
Has anything changed around there due to the cases apparently spiking?
 

knuck

Member
SoSH Member
Apr 15, 2010
139
Austin, TX
Has anything changed around there due to the cases apparently spiking?
Not that I know of. Since Friday I have gotten emails about three other tournaments, two this coming weekend and one the following. Two of them are in Travis County, one of them may use gyms in the Austin city limits, so not sure if that will impacts things.

Those didn't list out an protocol, just that they "will have" safety procedures in place.
 

Freddy Linn

Member
SoSH Member
Jul 14, 2005
8,617
Where it rains. No, seriously.
I’d love to hear about how folks are dealing with waivers. Some of the waivers I’ve seen are ridiculously broad. One I’m being asked to sign with my daughter indemnifies her club team from any negligence (regular or gross?) that she situationally didn’t remove herself from and didn’t report to program officials. She’s 13.
 

nayrbrey

Well-Known Member
Gold Supporter
SoSH Member
Jul 20, 2005
1,059
Driving somewhere most likely
For our Town travel team we have a disclaimer on the “return to soccer” instructions:

“DISCLAIMER
Participants, parents, family and spectators taking part in soccer and soccer related activities do so with the knowledge of risk and potential exposure involved. In doing so they agree to accept any and all inherent risks to their personal health.”

The state organization put out a 15 page document outlining responsibilities for leagues, coaches, parents and players. It will fall on the coaches to enforce the distancing guidelines, parents making sure the kids have all their own equipment (GK bring their own gloves etc), and a light/dark shirt so we don’t use the pinnies.
We don’t think we will have the development (1st/2nd grade) teams at least for the fall, in addition to the “in town” teams just doing individual drills and not games.
 

Omar's Wacky Neighbor

Well-Known Member
Lifetime Member
SoSH Member
Got an email from NJ Refs today. Main takeaway is that they expect to be WAY short of refs for the remainder of the year.

(and if you already did your full 2020 recert, they're extending the cert thru 2021 at not additional charge, tho that may have been a national thing)
 

Heinie Wagner

Member
SoSH Member
Nov 14, 2001
712
Simsbury, CT
CJSA - CT Junior Soccer Assoc:

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT

In consideration of being allowed to participate in any way in any program, event, or activity sponsored or authorized by Connecticut Junior Soccer Association, Inc. and/or any affiliated member, I the undersigned, acknowledge, appreciate, and agree that:

I am aware there are risks to me of exposure to, directly or indirectly, arising out of, contributed to, by, or resulting from an outbreak of any and all communicable diseases, including but not limited to, the virus “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)”, which is responsible for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and/or any mutation or variation thereof.

I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, HEREBY RELEASE, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS THE CONNECTICUT JUNIOR SOCCCER ASSOCIATION, INC. AND ITS AFFILIATED MEMBERS, and their respective officers, officials, agents and/or employees, other participants, sponsors, advertisers, and, if applicable, owners and lessors of premises used to conduct any program, event, or activity (RELEASEES), from any and all claims, demands, losses, and liability arising out of or related to any ILLNESS, INJURY, DISABILITY OR DEATH I may suffer, WHETHER ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES OR OTHERWISE, to the fullest extent permitted by law.

I HAVE READ THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT, FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING IT, AND SIGN IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT.

X________________________________________________ ________ _______

Participant’s Signature (if over 18) Age Date

Participant’s Name: _________________

FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF PARTICIPANT OF MINOR AGE (UNDER AGE 18 AT TIME OF REGISTRATION)

This is to certify that I, as parent/guardian with legal responsibility for this participant, do consent and agree to his/her release as provided above of all the Releases, and, for said participant and for myself, my heirs, assigns, and next of kin, I release and agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Releasees from any and all liability incident to my minor child’s involvement or participation in these programs as provided above, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES, to the fullest extent permitted by law.

X_____________________________ ___________ _________________________

Parent/Guardian Signature Date Emergency Phone Number(s)

Participant’s Name: ___________________
 

Heinie Wagner

Member
SoSH Member
Nov 14, 2001
712
Simsbury, CT
Got an email from NJ Refs today. Main takeaway is that they expect to be WAY short of refs for the remainder of the year.

(and if you already did your full 2020 recert, they're extending the cert thru 2021 at not additional charge, tho that may have been a national thing)
I could see this being a MAJOR challenge for all youth sports and even HS sports - so many officials are 50+ and it's extra cash for most of them not something they need to survive (at least in this area).
 

DJnVa

Dorito Dawg
SoSH Member
Dec 16, 2010
40,433
The HUGE sand soccer tourney in Virginia Beach (1000 teams), which was postponed in June and rescheduled to August has now been cancelled.
 

Heinie Wagner

Member
SoSH Member
Nov 14, 2001
712
Simsbury, CT
First little league games in our town last night! Umps behind the pitcher's mound. Players spread out in the area behind the backstop with parents on either side of the field up the basepaths. I actually love that they put parents farther away from the players, I hate it when parents coach in games.
 

robssecondjob

Member
SoSH Member
Jul 18, 2005
631
Falmouth, MA
I just got an email from my local HS soccer ref organization saying they are assigning games and expect to be working, Our average age of officials is "old". I am the young guy in my late 40s.
 

Foxy42

Member
SoSH Member
Mar 1, 2002
3,152
nyc
MA youth hockey expected to be able to have games / scrimmages as we enter phase 3, but hockey has been put into the high risk category and can still only do skills / scrimmages. Here is the response / note from Mass hockey:

323831594217892726.jpeg
 

Omar's Wacky Neighbor

Well-Known Member
Lifetime Member
SoSH Member
Since this appears to be the only active thread in the forum:

If you got an email that says "Per U.S. Soccer policies on SafeSport, your referee licenses have been temporarily suspended. As soon as you complete a SafeSport course, your licenses will be reactivated." , ignore it. Glitch in the system. The whole SafeSport site is wonky right now.
 

TiredParent

lurker
Dec 8, 2005
42
Summer basketball starting up next week in NS. 10 person practices and scrimmages only, 4x4 with two coaches. No parents allowed on gym premises. Not full games, but at least there will be something going forward.
 

Heinie Wagner

Member
SoSH Member
Nov 14, 2001
712
Simsbury, CT
My Son's AAU coach (Mass) said Zero Gravity was doing the 4v4 thing, but he thinks they have a tournament in CT this weekend with 5V5.
4V4 seems totally arbitrary. They told us it was 10 on a court at a time - 8 players, 2 refs.

They put the rims back up on the outdoor courts around here (north/central CT) and opened up parks and playgrounds.

Also heard at least some High Schools are having kids register for Fall sports!! Great news!
 

robssecondjob

Member
SoSH Member
Jul 18, 2005
631
Falmouth, MA
Since this appears to be the only active thread in the forum:

If you got an email that says "Per U.S. Soccer policies on SafeSport, your referee licenses have been temporarily suspended. As soon as you complete a SafeSport course, your licenses will be reactivated." , ignore it. Glitch in the system. The whole SafeSport site is wonky right now.
I just completed my refresher course on Monday.